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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Pajama Squadron: 1942

Pajama Squadron: 1942

May 1942. Parris Island, South Carolina. "Instructors at leisure after a full day at the U.S. Marine Corps glider detachment training camp." From photos by Alfred Palmer and Pat Terry for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
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Young Sailors

Both are navy officers. The t-shirted officer is a Ltjg, as determined by the shoulder board on his jacket. The dark tie on the other officer is for the navy khaki uniform. Marines would have a khaki tie with their khaki or green uniforms.

Rise and Shine

Both these men are officers, the one on the bed appears to be a Naval Lieutenant, the one with the unshined shoes is either a Marine 1st or 2d Lieutenant or Naval Lieutenant JG or Ensign. Based on the shoe condition, I would say both are in the Navy.

Hair today, gone tomorrow

Quite a bit of hair for Marines.

I have a picture of my dad in Camp Pendleton in 1943, with his buddy. The note on the back says "Nick, after a short haircut" with my dad rubbing the top of Nick's head. It is not a short haircut by the standards of the time, and it is far far from a short haircut by today's Marine standard.

 
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